Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
BBC , Empire Magazine , Empire Movies , Jam! Movies , Radio Times
Total Reviews:
137

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 76% 8 Mile (2002) " Director Curtis Hanson puts a new spin on the familiar "triumph against the odds" theme with this slick showcase for the talents of superstar rapper Eminem." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 55% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) " For some, Anderson's world is too hermetically sealed and downright strange to be affecting; for others, there's an irresistible charm to his eccentric characters." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 17, 2014
4/5 94% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " The movie's real star is the city itself, which is brought to hectic, exuberant life by Boyle and ace cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 27, 2014
4/5 97% The Hurt Locker (2009) " Bigelow, one of the very few women working in the traditionally male-dominated action and war genres, avoids both red wire/yellow wire cliché and political preaching to deliver a film that is as psychologically fascinating as it is taut and exciting." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2014
5/5 98% The Night of the Hunter (1955) " Mitchum is magnetic." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/5 86% El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (2007) " Spanish director JA Bayona's debut feature is an exceptionally effective and surprisingly moving ghost story that seasons its horror with a pervasive sense of grief." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 7, 2013
2/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Disappointingly dull account of a tale desperately in need of a sharper screenplay and some directorial vim. Might as well wait for the Blu-ray, Jules." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
5/5 93% Speed (1994) " There are very few action movies that cut to the chase quite as quickly as Speed and then have the stamina to keep it up for nearly two hours." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 74% The East (2013) " The love story feels a bit forced, but otherwise it's an intelligent examination of the dangers of both fanaticism and espionage ..." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 28, 2013
1/5 6% The Perfect Man (2005) " Even ardent Hilary Duff fans will have a hard time swallowing this thoroughly dim-witted romantic comedy." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/5 48% Maniac (2013) " At last an intelligent horror remake that understands its source material and yet brings something new to the butcher's slab." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2013
4/5 95% West of Memphis (2012) " This rigorously researched film does indeed add to the account..." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 21, 2012
2/5 49% Hit & Run (2012) " The film's characterisation is hopelessly underdeveloped and an undercurrent of homophobia does little to make the experience any less tedious." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/5 80% Magic Mike (2012) " There's a lot more than banana hammocks and vigorous thrusting ..." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 11, 2012
3/5 84% Angel & Tony (Angèle et Tony) " Immersed in the salty sea air of France's Normandy coast, Delaporte's debut is a tender tale brimming with atmosphere." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2012
3/5 51% Contraband (2012) " Mark Wahlberg is back in action-man mode in this skilfully shot if slightly uneven thriller." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill play the dimwit cop duo who are sent back to their high school to pose as students in order to root out a drugs ring." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 15, 2012
4/5 86% Chemical Brothers: Don't Think (2012) " It's when the viewer's response mirrors that of the filmed audience - jaw dropping as terrifying clowns urge you to 'get high' - that Smith's ability to connect becomes inarguable. " — Time Out
Posted Feb 29, 2012
4/5 71% Carnage (2011) " A tightly wound, enjoyably cynical little chamber piece that features four indecently entertaining performances courtesy of Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 2, 2012
4/5 71% Carnage (2011) " A shot of pure, exhilarating cinematic malice." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 29, 2012
3/5 79% Shame (2011) " Shame is powerfully acted and well directed, the Big Apple has never looked as harsh and unforgiving..." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 12, 2012
4/5 93% 50/50 (2011) " Whether you're after a comedy-drama about cancer or a Rogen laugh-fest with added heart, this does a remarkable job of balancing the odds." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2011
3/5 61% The Awakening (2012) " This is no classic of a notoriously difficult genre, but if you can forgive the silly conclusion, it's still satisfyingly scary." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 16, 2011
4/5 93% Drive (2011) " Like watching rats fight in a gorgeously lit bucket, this is compellingly nasty, but for those with stomach for it, Drive is a lot of fun." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2011
4/5 84% Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011) " Genuinely funny. A life lesson in never prejudging a man just because he's skinning a squirrel." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2011
4/5 93% Drive (2011) " Oh alright, it ain't Shane. But it is about as much shamelessly disreputable, stylish, ultra-violent fun you're going to have at the movies this year." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2011
2/5 18% The Art of Getting By (2011) " It's a story that's been told numerous times and with more élan." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/5 72% Fright Night (2011) " Even the addition of 3D, which so often feels superfluous, is deployed here with hair-raising effect." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 8, 2011
5/5 79% The Thing (1982) " The Thing is a peerless masterpiece of relentless suspense, retina-wrecking visual excess and outright, nihilistic terror." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 25, 2011
4/5 72% Hanna (2011) " Succeeds in blending the strange, almost fairy-tale atmosphere with some expertly conceived action and unusual, well-sketched supporting characters..." — Radio Times
Posted May 5, 2011
3/5 66% Insidious (2011) " Derivative as it is, Insidious is competent enough, there are a few genuine scares and the final shock twist is an effective cinematic sucker-punch." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2/5 55% Killing Bono (2011) " Hamm, working from a script co-written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, seems unable to decide what tone he's aiming for - broad knockabout comedy or bittersweet reminiscence." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 31, 2011
4/5 95% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) " Brilliantly employing 3D technology to accentuate the prehistoric artists' use of the undulating cave walls, he reveals this ancient equivalent to the Sistine Chapel in all its incredible, vivid glory." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 24, 2011
4/5 95% Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) " A typically quixotic documentary in which great unknown artists from 35,000 years ago collaborate with one in 2011. Profound, mysterious and utterly absorbing." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2011
3/5 87% Submarine (2011) " This sweet-natured feature debut from Richard Ayoade has been compared to American coming-of-age movies such as Rushmore and The Squid and the Whale, but its influences also feel closer to home." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2/5 74% Norwegian Wood (2012) " Like most other unfilmable novels, this would have been best left alone." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 10, 2011
3/5 79% Fair Game (2010) " The movie's driving force is Watts, whose depiction of a professional spook attempting to negotiate a political minefield as well as hold her stressed-out marriage together is thoroughly convincing." — Radio Times
Posted Mar 10, 2011
3/5 63% Howl (2010) " Franco is outstanding as the gay, insecure poet, whose worship and love for fellow Beats Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady informed his urgent, passionate early work." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 24, 2011
3/5 63% Howl (2010) " With a frustrating format and poor animation, it's still worth it for Franco and the chance to engage with a key work of poetry." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2011
3/5 84% Get Low (2010) " Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray lend their mega-watt talents to a undemanding movie. Beautifully shot but let down by an underwhelming final act." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2011
5/5 91% The Fighter (2010) " This is easily the most shamelessly enjoyable boxing flick since Rocky." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 3, 2011
1/5 51% Brighton Rock (2011) " An unfortunate mess." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 3, 2011
5/5 89% Once Upon a Time in America (1984) " While The Godfather delivers certainty and a comforting dramatic resolution, Once Upon A Time In America delivers a profound kind of mystery." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2011
5/5 91% The Fighter (2010) " Two very different but equally powerful performances combine to deliver an exhilarating fight-flick that, like its scrappy central character, is impossible not to root for." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2011
3/5 84% Get Low (2010) " First-time director Aaron Schneider cut his teeth as a cinematographer, so it's no wonder Get Low is so meticulously and beautifully shot." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 20, 2011
4/5 93% 127 Hours (2010) " James Franco, who is rapidly emerging as one of the most promising actors of his generation, matches Boyle's technical brilliance with a mesmerising depiction of Ralston's strange internal journey." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 6, 2011
3/5 52% The Next Three Days (2010) " A kind of escape procedural, with director Paul Haggis delivering a host of interesting details about lock-picking and the faking of passports." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 23, 2010
4/5 72% We Are What We Are (2011) " Surely cinema's first Mexican social-realist cannibal horror drama, it's grimly funny and at times horribly effective stuff. Ickily excellent." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2010
3/5 —— Chasing Legends (2010) " Ultimately, this is a must-see for fans of all things two-wheeled -- and perhaps spandex fetishists -- but less than essential for anyone else." — Radio Times
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3/5 55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) " Stone directs with his usual propulsive efficiency, provides a moderately gripping storyline with a ripped-from-the-headlines feel and draws effective performances from his cast, particularly La Beouf and Mulligan." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 30, 2010
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